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>> gretchen: we still have folks here thinking they can beat shaq. >> steve: delusional of. tomorrow on our program, laura ingraham, cheryl casone, and actress aisha tyler. big show. >> gretchen: see you tomorrow bill: guys. good morning. as we start this week we want to talk about a dangerous rescue in afghanistan come at a high price the life of a u.s. navy seal. here is the mission. to save an american doctor kidnapped by the taliban. as we go through the story it's a reminder about the sacrifice still being made overseas. good morning i'm bill hemmer. whole new week here at "america's newsroom". martha: i'm martha maccallum. this fallen hero was a member of navy "seal team 6" that carried out the mission to kill usama bin laden. according to officials in afghanistan they came under heavy fire with this mission. >> according to our information the kidnappers were taliban. they were heavily armed with heavy machine guns, with so-called rpg. rocket propelled grenades and ak-47s. bill: steve centanni follows up in washington. what can we report about this rescue machine? >>
? the reports author joins us live, steve milanovic from ubs, great to see you again. >> thanks for having me. >> it was a couple of days ago you put out a note and i know you like apple and still call it a buy but you issue what is fair to say may be a reality check for what's going on, you cite margins having peaked, multiple expansion being over and needing a new category creation to succeed. >> well i think you've got a real conflict for the stock which is why it may very well be in the trading range for a while. on the one hand the valuation is cheap and you talked about the nifty 50 back in the 1970s. i doubt many of the stocks were ten times with a 30% return on capitol like apple. on the other hand you have revenue growth slowing, margins may be hitting the secular peak. tech investors don't like that. you're not likely to get much pe expansion from here, that doesn't mean the stock can't go up due to earnings growth. we continue to be bullish. >> you'll hear on "rock center" tonight with brian williams tim cook will say something about television where he calls it a tv is an area of
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statement to parliament today. will be out in westminster soon. steve is out to give us more detailed analysis of what to expect. let's just go back to the eurozone. as you say, thin advances here. are we capping -- it's up against the yen as well. there's obviously been a big yen story. >> yeah, i think the euro/yen has had perhaps more to do with eu euro/dollar than anything else. the euro crosses in general have been story rather than euro/dollar and euro/yen at the forefront. i think the euro/yen forecast is overplayed in what japan will ultimately deliver on. but mum is pretty good. i think you still play for a little yen weakness. i think we'll see a lot of people trying to buy yen back because i don't think we'll get delivery in all these preelection promises. >> do we all think we know what the chancellor is going to say? >> judging by the many pages being given to it in the newspapers, you feel like what else can he say? it's not going to be a day where you'll buy sterling aggressively because most of the news is going to be bad. we're going to have lower growth. potentially
: how long have you been doing it? >> since about september. >> steve: very good. we're about to leave, folks. we've got 19 seconds. let's all do a little gangam dancing, all right? >> there you go. sounds good. >> steve: music up, please. ♪ a for effort. good morning, everybody. fox news alert. 7.3 magnitude quake hitting off japan in an area that does not neat incidents like these. new video buildings swaying and sirens wailing and men and women, children running for higher ground. a reminder of the massive quake and deadly tsunami hit the same area just about a year and a half ago. we'll drill down on that. good morning as we follow up as the earth started to shake earlier today. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to friday. martha: good morning everybody. i'm martha maccallum. last year's tsunami killed and left missing some 19,000 people. as you remember those unbelievable images we saw of the coast which was devstated. it also damaged nuclear power plants and created one of the worst nuclear disasters we've seen in history. bill: we held onto the story for a long time. japan today has ca
. we appreciate it. we should know tomorrow on halftime, steve milunovich on halftime. investor sentiment around apple, do you see them clinging to hope still? >> yeah. i think it's the case that gee makes. they hate to see a stock like amazon go higher. he's talking about fundamentals. when you bring the two, they still love apple and they still hate amazon. >> next on "fast" is secretary timothy geithner pushing us closer to the cliff's edge or moving us farther from it? find out in the cnbc exclusive. two stocks. which one is a better deal. our traders will make the call. we'll be right back. [ abdul-rashid ] i've been working since i was about 16. you know, one job or the other. the moment i could access the retirement plan, i just became firm about it -- "i'm done. i'm out of here." you know, it's like it just hits you fast. you know, you start thinking about what's really important here. ♪ ♪ ♪ when you take a closer look... the best schools in the world... see they all have something very interesting in common. they have teachers... ...with a deeper know
former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst, steve rattner. >> financier. >> rattner is here. i like -- and we have to go back to that. it's the truth. >> it is! >> money is money. >> in washington, msnbc and "time" senior political analyst, mark halperin. >> we saw him on the streets of d.c. yesterday, and he was very cagey. >> the mean streets of d.c. >> yes. he was so cagey. >> he was. >> yes. yes. >> you can't ever ask those guys what they're doing, wherever they are. where you going? with who? a meeting. >> auditioning for a gang is what i'm doing. >> right. >> yes, exactly. lots of luck with that one. >> should we get to the news? >> fantastic. boy, there's some stories here, unbelievable. >> in the least. >> you talk about libya. i tell you what, you've got assad about to cross that red line. he's going to see russia leaving quick. i think you'll see even troops going in there if he starts using chemical weapons against his own people. about to cross the line. egypt, morsi in trouble. the biggest revolt since mubarak was pushed out of power. "the new york times
with the syrian opposition on the challenges ahead once the assad regime falls. steve, to you first. what do you understand the situation on the ground to be right now in syria? >> we have seen in the past month a significant shift in the momentum of events on the ground. we have seen the opposition increase the effectiveness of its tactics. it has acquired weapons that have permitted it to challenge the regime much more effectively across a broad range of fronts ranging from the south of syria to damascus to the north, and we're seeing this reflected in the regime's response to the opposition including some of the activities surrounding movement of chemical weapons. we don't know exactly what's at stake but part of the speculation is that they're putting themselves into a position in which they could create a defensive zone if it turns out to they're unable to defend damascus in the long run. >> woodruff: what is known about the evidence that this is a serious threat that they may turn to chemical weapons? >> the intentions of the gime re uncertain. i don't think anybody knows what bashar al as
, northbound towards santa clara, looking pretty bad. give yourself extra time. let's check in with steve. >>> tara, thank you. there's definitely some breaks in the clouds. jive seen gusts to 25 miles per hour. i dent think this -- i've seen gusts to 25 miles per hour. i don't think this -- this breeze can helpster things up a little bit. still some low clouds around. i'm seeing breaks in the clouds for san jose. kind of a cooler pattern with the northwest wind. mostly sunny, though, today, no rain except we're done for a while. in fact, as the pattern changes here, even the higher clouds will stay to the north as everything starts to build offshore. independent self -- instead of 58, 59. everything staying north for now. the breeze should turn more northerly as we head towards friday night and saturday. so fog, sun, breezy. that west to northwest wind out there. not outrageous. but it's showing itself. we'll take that right into your weekend as well. that could be pockets of fog, thick fog. but for the weekend, it looks sun? dry and temperatures are on the mild side. >>> a couple in mor
, and rachel grady will be joining us. steve satich, ohio congressman, steve latourette, and ambassador nick burns are our guests this morning. it's thursday, december 6th, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. our starting point this morning, some major developments to tell you about in egypt, after angry protests against political moves by the president, mohamed morsi, have turned deadly. tanks, armored personnel vehicles, all stationed outside the presidential analysis cairo. not only are they guarding the palace, they're also keeping apart supporters and opponents of morsi. hundreds of his islamist supporters already taking to the streets in cairo this morning. opponents are gathering not very far away. last night the two sides clashed right outside the palace. the violence killed at least five people. hundreds of other people were injured. opponents are demanding that morsi dial back on those sweeping powers that he has granted himself. cnn's reza sayah is live for us in cairo this morning. what's the latest? >> reporter: soledad, we're getting the first signs t
they are not going anywhere unless and until the president cancels his plans to place himself above the law. steve hair tan live for news cairo. steve? >> shepard, this is really a new tactic for the opposition protesters. instead of simply staying here in tahrir square and chanting they went on offensive tonight toward the presidential palace. they got right to the compound walls until being tear gassed. it was reenergized the opposition. we have seen increase in recent days now they are out in full force. one factor to keep in mind about the demonstrations today, there were no serious injuries reported. despite the scenes of chaos, both sides evidently still using some restraint. next on the agenda of vote december 15th on a constitution heavily criticized as a rush job that favors islamist parties. it's clear the muslim brotherhood will try and get out a strong yes vote on that constitution. what's not clear is the opposition's tactics. will they try to get out a no vote or will they abstain considering the whole process unjust? shepard, back to you? >> steve harrigan live tonight in cairo. the
today, and what is next is the big question. steve harrigan is streaming live from cairo with more. steve. >> reporter: we are ten days away from a admonition thal vote, a vote on the new draft constitution. we are seeing both sides really jocking for position and trying to demonstrate what power they have by the numbers of people they can bring out into the streets. yesterday for the first time last night we saw the opposition protestors, people who want to drive president morsi from office really go on the offensive. they marched through the presidential palace. they broke through steel gates and barbed wire, they painted graffiti on the walls of the compound. they did not try to over take those walls go into the compound itself where of course there are heavily armed guards. police continued to retreat throughout the demonstration last night and even though it seemed like there was chaos on the streets there were no reports of any serious injuries during that process, so both sides still showing some restraint. the latest reports from the scene say large-scale protests from supp
: steve jobs told president obama that those jobs were not coming back. charles: somehow the administration going after profit, you know, whatever it is, you wanted or public opinion, now if you do not start to do this stuff, we will go out and take it. caterpillar is one company to watch. their ceo has been on top of this. he has been very defensive about the fact they are still creating jobs here and abroad. apple, by the way, 60% of business outside of this country. dagen: it is not just about price, it is about scalability and adaptability of the workforces in this nation. charles: there is no dow about it. natural gas gives us an amazing advantage. wages have gone up dramatically in china. we will benefit from that as well. be careful what you ask for. do we really want a whole bunch of four dollars jobs in america, the answer is, no. connell: thank you, charles. great stuff, as always. the irs wants back taxes from amazon. dagen: no shame. one of the most popular places to do your holiday shopping. that is exactly the video we picked that we are going to tell you ab
me at the table is westin solutions, inc a company doi doing. steve coll and president of the new american foundation and a staff writer at the new yorker magazine. francis bernanke and dan dicker is it still at the table. i'm really curious about how this boom is going to transform american politics. i'm particularly concerned about climate, right? it seems to me that we are basically in certain ways headed in exactly the wrong direction, but also at the same time headed in the right direction. here's what i mean by that. k carbon emissions are the lowest in the country since 1992. that's largely because every btu of natural gas you substitute for coal, you get 50% of the emissions. at the same time we have this foss fill fuel boom, we have this decline in the carbon emissions. i wonder how should i feel from an environmental perspective about these two facts that seem to be in deep tension with each other? >> i think the main thing, chris, is we have to get on a path way to reduce emissions over time. natural gas is better than coal, but it does not get you there. you have to ha
deduction. that'll have a bigger impact on the cities and how we do business, i think. >> all right. steve, no dolphins -- i thought dolphins -- how many games did you lose? >> well, we've lost seven games. >> you won a few good games. >> at the end of the day, you're in the business to win. you don't like being under 5-7 isn't exactly -- >> have you talked to woody? >> woody is one guy who will make me feel better. >> new york is a lousy place if you're not winning. >> to stink. >> any place is a lousy place if you're not winning. >> exactly, in january i'd rather be losing in miami than in new york. >> that's because you don't own the team. >> thank you very much. >> thank you. pleasure being here. >>> when we come back. we have a lot still to come. steny hoyer on the fiscal cliff talks. then at 8:15 eastern, we have the adp numbers. mark zandi is here to talk through the market reaction. >>> 8:40 eastern, jeffrey solomon will be stopping by. or that printing in color had to cost a fortune. nobody said an all-in-one had to be bulky. or that you had to print from your desk. at least, nobo
>> steve: thanks very much for joining us on this thursday. tomorrow, friday, that means geraldo rivera drops by. >> gretchen: he will. and we're going to have more with the cast from "a christmas story" in our after the show show. we can hardly wait. >> brian: you just finding this out for the first time? >> steve: who needs broadway when you got fox friends friends. see you tomorrow, everybody. bill: the syrian government confirming it's getting its chemical weapons ready and may use it. the assad regime prepared the nerve gas sarin and loaded it. martha: i'm martha maccallum. president obama is warning assad that the whole world is watching his actions very closely, and if he were to use chemical weapons on his own people, it would clearly have large consequences for him. bill: secretary of state hillary clinton called an emergency meeting with the pentagon. >> the pentagon has contingency plans for everything including the chemical attack. it's believed according to a u.s. source that syria has put this sarin fast into cannisters that could be dropped from planes. these canni
of steve jobs. tim cook is now in charge at the helm for just over a year. he opened up to nbc's brian williams in his first television interview since taking over as the ceo and revealed a big change coming to apple. >> why can't you be a made in america company? >> you know, this iphone, as a matter of fact, the engine in here is made in america and not only are the engines here made in america, but engines are made in america and exported. the glass on this phone is made in kentucky. and so we've been working for years on doing more and more in the united states. next year, we will do one of our existing mac lines in the united states. >> let's say our constitution was a little different and president obama called you in tomorrow and said get everybody out of china and do whatever you have to do, make these, make everything you make in the united states. what would that do to the price of this device? >> honestly, it's not so much about price, it's about the skills et cetera. over time, there are skills that are associated with manufacturing that have left the u.s. not necessarily p
-traveled resident of the state. >> hi. i'm rick steves. >> reporter: rick steves for 20 years hosted a popular public travel show was prominent among those campaigning for legal marijuana. >> i spent a third of my adult life in europe hanging out with people who think it's wacky to be locking up people for smoking pot. >> reporter: in a show from amsterdam, steves gave a preview of what could soon be coming to cities and towns in washington. >> throughout the netherlands, bars selling marijuana are called coffee shops. amsterdam alone has over 300. >> reporter: he says america should not fear. >> consumption is not going to go up a lot. by every statistic, our government and the dutch government, americans smoke more pot than the dutch, and the dutch have the most liberal laws on pot in all of europe. >> reporter: seattle's city attorney peter holmes also pushed for the new law. >> all we've done is achieve by prohibition is fill our jails and make drug dealers quite rich. >> reporter: he says legal marijuana even with high taxes will be cheaper than illegal marijuana. >> want to put the drug
point. >> [inaudible] >> steve, you just recently, not even a year ago, gave a congressional hearing; correct? you spoke to congress? >> briefly. [laughter] >> this is, you know, this is about as clear as the impression you get at of the pakistani administration right now, that is very well-supported by the american government. what could you, you know, what could you take away from this, and what do you think the forces -to-be can do to discourage bringing a certain level of democracy to pakistan? >> well, i'd rather your thoughts on that question -- >> oh, no, we get to hear you now. [laughter] >> well, i thought one thing that's important to emphasize, the last answer was really an important sort of sense of direction because, you know, the problem is that even american policy, when it tries to prevent military identity inside pakistan by encouraging the restoration of the democratic parties, can't reach the fact that the ppp has not had an internal election since time and memoriam, can't reach the fact that the pml a basically gang operations for families, and so then what is exa
because of the efforts of one well traveled resident of the state. >> i'm rick steves. >> reporter: who has hosted his travel television show was the proponent for legal marijuana. >> i spent my adult life in europe hanging out with people who think it's wacky to be locking up people for smoking pot. >> reporter: in a show from amsterdam, steves gave a preview of what soon could be coming to cities and towns in washington. >> throughout netherlands, bars selling marijuana are called coffee shops. they have over 300. >> reporter: he says america should not fear. >> consumption is not going to go up a lot. by every statistic, our government and dutch government americans smoke more pot than the dutch and they have the most liberal laws on pot. >> all we've achieved by prohibition is to fill our jails and to make drug dealers quite rich. >> reporter: he says legal marijuana, even with high taxes, will be cheaper than illegal marijuana. >> you want to put the drug dealers out of business? >> absolutely. >> reporter: now that marijuana is legal here in washington
for the first time? >> steve: who needs broadway when you got fox friends friends. see you tomorrow, everybody. bill: the syrian government confirming it's getting its chemical weapons ready and may use it. the assad regime prepared the nerve gas sarin and loaded it. martha: i'm martha maccallum. president obama is warning assad that the whole world is watching his actions very closely, and if he were to use chemical weapons on his own people, it would clearly have large consequences for him. bill: secretary of state hillary clinton called an emergency meeting with the pentagon. >> the pentagon has contingency plans for everything including the chemical attack. it's believed according to a u.s. source that syria has put this sarin fast into cannisters that could be dropped from planes. these cannisters are designed to fracture so the devastating nerve gas could escape. but it's not known whether syria intends to use those chemical weapons. we think we have it in aerosol form. the u.s. is making contingency plans in case bashar al-asaad leaves the country suddenly and flees somewhere for asylum
commute. steve paulson and sal will be in here at 4:30 to talk about this. the north bail be drying out by then. in santa rosa right now, at the intersection santa rosa avenue, you ever rain, moderate rain, light rain. the yellow is a little heavier. you can see toward petaluma, you have some showers over by old redwood highway. to the avenues or toward pacifica, there is a few showers out by the pier there. now we're seeing light sprinkles. there's san francisco. right now it's relatively dry. we're seeing a little drizzle being reported along the coast. i expect that because the atmosphere is really, really moistened up a lot. with that super moist atmosphere, it does not take top trigger out a few sprinkles. so here we are now. we go to 4:00 a.m. that's early morning commute. you can see that's the main front or the main dynamic. then there will be a lot of moisture behind it. at 6:00 a.m., you have wet roads around the bay area. that just messes the morning commute up. be prepared for that. by 10:00 a.m. most of the showers should be gone. i suspect wet roads and maybe a few sprinkl
certainly does. >> donald trump, mark cuban. >> mark cuban did. and our good friend steve rattner. >> rattner. >> helped put us over the million-dollar mark. >> did you bring your check? >> unicef. i've got my check. >> good. i tried to remind you. we are working to find a cure for epilepsy. we hope the contributions will help, and $1 million will make a big difference. >> let's talk about -- we have the man of the moment here with us. to talk about today's headlines. let's start -- there's so much to talk about, but richard, let's start in egypt. absolutely fascinating. i think a lot of people across the world were so heartened by the democratic, we thought, perhaps uprising that was going on in egypt. certainly we all knew to overthrow a dictator of 30 years, even if he was an american ally. and now you have mohamed morsi behaving like a, well, a dictator. and he's now got roughly 39, 40 political parties in egypt rising up against him. it is a mess. >> what you're seeing in places like egypt is the difference between democracy and majoritarianism. winning elections is the easy
. they have all of their products now being built in china and tim cooke, who replaced steve jobs and very rarely gave interviews, gave an interview to nbc he announced next year we'll do one of our existing mac lines in the united states. they're going to start creating some jobs here in america. >> bill: you know, that's a bfd. >> great news. >> seriously. >> bill: it is great news. we knew shortly before he died, steve jobs was at a very small dinner of high tech leaders with president obama in silicon valley and steve jobs says those jobs are never coming back, mr. president. stop talking about it. they ain't coming back. >> he was wrong apparently. >> bill: well, that was his policy and now somebody else is in charge. >> this is going to be building apple computers. they're still going to be building iphones and eye pats in china which makes up most of their business but this is a very good first step to bring jobs to america from apple. good for them. >> bill: i wonder where. >> they haven't announced where.
about the economy these days and the post-steve jobs era. >> even around christmastime when the products are popular as gifts. >> you think retail sales would translate well because there's so many other issues there besides how much they sell in the store. >> it's interesting. we'll see what happens with this case and if it has an impact of consumers that own these products. thank you very much. >>> marijuana is now legal under washington state law. that tops our look at stories around the "news nation." take a look. that's how they celebrated in washington state. the news came down after midnight as you know at the seattle center. it allows people to possess up to an ounce of pot, but they cannot smoke it in public. that looks like public to me. the police department will issue verbal warnings to violators. that explains the public video. lawyers for software company founder john mcafee sought guatemala denied his asylum. they detained him for entering the country illegally. he's wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of his neighbor. he denies any involvement and will li
. >> that is steve mclane. he feels strong about this. he's an every day sit even seven twraoeug to pul trying to pull over a detroit police officer who is not wearing his seatbelt. he snapped when the officer laughed off his request, and the officer sped away. he wants the officers to follow the same rules. he could face three months in jail for reckless driving. the citizen cop has pleaded not guilty to the charge and he has no regrets about this incident. he is due back in court next week. there are new developments in a legal challenge for george zimmerman as he takes on nbc universal. zimmerman is charged in the killing of the teenager trayvon martin earlier this year. now he's suing the tv met work for airing an edited version of a 911 call from that night, an edit that zimmerman's attorney claims deceptively made zimmerman appear to be a quote, racist predatory villain. a lot of people saw this suit coming, trace. >> reporter: when this first broke and we got a copy of the call that george zimmerman made to police dispatch it was four minutes long. you had to make it clear that this was
on taxes and what not. >> eric: the reality is, we have a spending problem, steve. how much money we're actually taxing, tax revenues are going up. >> they have to. >> eric: it's a spending issue. if we're putting a trillion dollars into the deficit you can't fix that with taxes. >> no, you sure can't. eric, when i first came to washington, which was about 25 years ago, we barely had a trillion dollar budget and here we are, 25 years later and we're closing in on a 4 trillion dollar budget and that under democrats and republicans as well and there haven't been serious cuts in spending in this town in at least 10 or 15 years and i'm kind of frustrated that neither party is really serious about getting these spending programs under control. i mean, we have been-- you look at entitlement programs and president obama and a lot of democrats say we can't cut medicare, social security, medicaid. and that's half the budget there. of course, we're spending 600, 700 billion dollars a year just to pay the interest on the debt. just on the interest. so you don't get any return on that. one last
. absolutely we're with him. we did some of the early background on it. our guy steve groves was writing papers on this weeks and weeks ago. we're also surprised frankly the senate would bring it up in a lame duck session. this is something that needs full and considered -- >> they're going to bring it up again next year. you won't be there. >> they can bring it up and we'll take the same position. >> should there be a compromise in order to avoid going over the fiscal cliff? john boehner's already $800 billion in increased tax revenue, not necessarily raising the marginal tax rate on the wealthy, but capping deductions, limiting loopholes, are you with the speaker of the house on that? >> unfortunately, wolf, the policies of president obama have already taken us over the cliff. if you meet with businesses like i do all the time, they've already paired back plans for next year anticipating what's going to happen. we can fix this christmas eve if we want, but we've already hurt the economy and job growth. >> are you with boehner? >> i'm not with boehner. this government doesn't need anymore mone
a short show because the house is coming in at 9:00. steve in gaithersburg, maryland, a republican caller. caller: host: when did the republican party become the party that restricts poor? i understand the tax cut for the rich is important to some people, but i feel the good thing would be unlimited in of government at the federal level. that has nothing to do with this. that would be more on the spending cuts. host: what do you make of the back a plan being reported by the new york times saying if we cannot come to some sort of deal, we should just passed tax cuts for the middle class americans and then fight later on for spending cuts and increasing taxes for the wealthy? caller: the tax cut for the general population is great. that would be good for stimulating the economy. but the big thing is hit there needs to be a balanced plan. we need more revenue and we need less spending at the federal level. what is good for california is not good for virginia and what's good for virginia is not good for maryland. maybe we need to focus on reducing the federal government overview. been there w
of the capitol, we can come back and execute the deal. >> joining me now is congressman steve israel of new york. chairman of the democratic national campaign committee. welcome. >> hey, carol. >> you heard your colleague from ohio. he says sometimes negotiations between congress and the white house are "charades" and that members are waiting for signals from the obama administration and people like speaker john boehner and majority leader reid before they go forward. do you see it that way? >> well, look, it's critical that the leaders of both parties and the white house, the house and senate come to an agreement fast. now, we have always said on the democratic side, house democrats have said we want deficit reduction that's big, bold and that is balanced. the president has put forth a variety of ideas and programs. the response consistently from house republicans has been, no, no and no. now they did come up with a proposal finally just two days ago. there are elements in that proposal we should talk about. elements in my view that we shouldn't. the bottom line is this. i'm not so sure that we
, louisiana. caller: good morning, steve and mona. it's time to stop carrying the water for the white house. with the rebels in damascus, isn't it too late? if you try chemical weapons in his own city, it's going to be worse for him, don't you think? host: is referring to a story that is on in what a lot of reporters are talking about the inauguration. guest: it's important to underscore the likelihood of assaad using chemical weapons may be quite low because it would, in fact, essentially be a suicide mission given the response it would detract from the international community. that being said, given the arsenal he has a and concerns about chaos in the country, it is a contingency that needs to be planned for. that is why i think we are seeing what we are. president obama's statement, and others after him, were motivated by u.s. intelligence reporting that suggested there was movement and potentially the mixing of precursors of some of these chemical weapons on site. there is concern about what could be happening and whether what they could be preparing. host: off of twitter.
to the mall and went to the macy's and the food court, shot the victims now being identified as steve forsythe, 45 years old, and cindy an yule, 54 years old. the sheriff said that the shooter here identified as jacob tie he ler roberts armed himself with an ar-15 semi-automatic rifle. he had several fully loaded magazines that he was also wearing what seemed to appear a hoig-style face mask and ammo vest. the sheriff says the rifle actually jammed during the shooting spree, which could have saved some lives. he also said that there were a large number of police that quickly came to the scene and 10,000 people remember able to get out of the mall peacefully and quietly while all of this was going on. the sheriff also says they do not have a motive and do not believe that the suspect there, jacob tyler roberts, knew his very mani victims. we'll follow this story with more details, but that is the very latest. >>> republicans and democrats continue to battle over how to aavoid this fiscal cliff. many of us and many of you standing behind the president when asked who was handling the crisis bette
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